Principal Weekly Letter
Message from the Principal - January 27, 2021
In Sunday’s Gospel reading, the people “were amazed and asked one another, ‘What is this? Is it a new teaching with authority? He commands even the unclean spirits to obey Him.’”
Jesus’ teaching is always consistent. He not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. His actions match his words. His words are always based in love. Harmony exists between his words and actions. He calls all of his disciples to live in the same way.
Jesus didn’t need a recruiter. He just called and his disciples “left everything and followed Him.” Likewise, God calls all, not because they are worthy, but because of His grace.
Jesus spent a lot of time teaching His disciples about reality. Where did the Messiah come from? Who is worthy of salvation? What is the kingdom of God? A disciple is taught and listens to learn.
Inherent to the definition of disciple is one who does not choose His own direction, causes, or values. Disciples follow Jesus.
May we follow Jesus wherever He may lead us, and may our actions be in harmony with our words, as Jesus’ actions were with God’s.
Notices and Reminders:
Thank you to everyone who sent in cases of water bottles for our students. We now have plenty to get through the winter. Please check with the office before sending in additional cases, as we have limited storage space.
Re-Registration Forms and Tuition Schedules for the 2021-2022 School Year were sent home with the students today. All forms and fees are due to the office by Friday, February 26. Please call the office if you have any questions.
Also, order forms for this year’s Lifetouch Yearbook were sent home today. All orders received by February 28, paper or online, will receive a $3.00 discount off the $28.00 price.
The chrome books have arrived. The White Glove Service has installed all Google Chrome software, and Mr. Majkowski will be preparing them for student and staff use beginning this week.
Please be reminded that due to Covid restrictions, Aftercare is being made available only to families who have NO OTHER CHILDCARE OPTION. In order to keep the students and staff safe, we must limit the number of children in attendance, so please carefully consider whether your request for Aftercare is a necessity.
With regard to NO SCHOOL Announcements and Emergency Closings, St. John School generally follows the schedule of the Old Saybrook Public Schools. Therefore, if school is going to be closed due to inclement weather or other emergency reasons, announcements will be made on WFSBTV and NBC CT. An e-mail and/or text message may also be sent out from my office. WFSB also has a link with which you may sign up for text alerts on your phone for school closings and delays.
The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Norwich is again utilizing FACTS Grant & Aid for tuition assistance. The Foundation determines each applicant’s financial need based on the FACTS application and the supporting documents that families file online. The online applications are being accepted through March 5, 2021. A link to the FACTS Grant & Aid application is on the SJS website under Admissions Process/Register--Tuition and Fees. Please note that you must submit all necessary documentation with your application in order to be considered and verified by FACTS.
God Bless You-
In His Love,
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